Aussie lads' mag Zoo Weekly has been forced to remove several pictures from its Facebook page after they were ruled exploitative and degrading to women by the Australian advert censor.
One picture, posted in October, showed a bikini-clad
woman chopped in half across her stomach, along with the caption: Left or right? The other depicted a woman's bottom with a Nintendo logo on it and the caption: What would you call this console?
Both posts caused 'outrage'
among Facebook users and online feminist websites.
The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) ruled both posts were in breach of two sections of the code of ethics relating to discrimination or vilification on the basis of gender, and of objectifying,
exploiting and degrading women. It also ruled that comments posted by Zoo's fans on the pictures were in breach of the code for using strong or obscene language .
Since July the ASB has considered the content of commercial Facebook pages,
including comments from fans, to be a form of advertising and have subjected them to the Advertising Code of Ethics.
However Zoo has criticised the ASB's decision, arguing that its Facebook page is simply an extension of its printed product and
therefore should be considered editorial:
To describe Zoo's Facebook page as a 'marketing communication' is to misunderstand the nature of modern media organisations and the way in which they use social media to engage
with their audience.
Photos of models pictured with Buddha statues published on the Internet by a men's magazine have caused an 'outcry' among Thai Buddhists.
Posted on Maxim magazine's Facebook page, one picture shows a lingerie-clad model posed with her hand on a
statue's head and on the statue's arm. Another photo shows the topless model with her hands covering her breasts and wearing only underpants posing among dozens of statues. A third photo shows the model Ashley Michaelsen posing for a Hometown Hotties
feature seated among the statues with her legs spread.
In response to complaints, Thai Culture Ministry permanent secretary Apinan Poshyananda said he would contact the National Office of Buddhism (NOB), and, because the photos were published
on the Internet, the Information Communication and Technology Ministry. He said he would also contact the Foreign Ministry because the photos were from another country.
The various Thai agencies would then notify the magazine about their objection
to the inappropriate use of a religious symbol.
Apinan said there have been many cases of Buddhist symbols being used inappropriately and that the Culture Ministry would produce a handbook in Thai and English on the use of Buddhist symbols for
commercial purposes in order to prevent future misuse.
Pornchai Pinyapong, president of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth, said he had seen the magazine photos and thought they were an insult to Buddhists. He planned to bring the issue to the
Parliament's Committee on Religions, Arts and Culture, as well as talk to the Culture Ministry and NOB. The government should push forward the draft legislation on protecting Buddhism so there would be punishments for those who mistreated religious
symbols, Pornchai added.
It seems that the best selling book of all times was somehow forced on people by everything in life that doesn't fit her nutter view of morality. Can't possibly be just down to
people's own choice to enjoy a little sexy entertainment.
Such is the power of the media hype Fifty Shades of Grey has become an overnight hit with young women and even teenagers who are reading it quite openly with none of the embarrassment which would normally have accompanied such a book before, even
including most of the Australian women's swimming team after discovering it in a service station on their way to the Games from Manchester, presumably alongside other novels and within sight of children.
It is not just EL James
and her own perverse imagination which are subverting public morals so dramatically; it is the whole of the communications industry which is driving e marketing to an audience who have become gradually desensitised over time by films and TV programmes
targeted often specifically at the 16-34 age group, and which increasingly feature sexually explicit material and bondage.
Sexually provocative music lyrics and videos by Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna's S&M are popular with
teens and children. Retailers of bondage gear are also making a killing it seems with reports that the book has led to a surge in the sale of whips, handcuffs and other instruments of torture.
The development most threatening to freedom of religion or belief in the Russian Federation is misapplication of the federal 2002 Extremism Law against those the authorities dislike. Such violations have increased dramatically since 2007 under both
Presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev.
Two provisions of Russia's federal Extremism Law of 2002 are typically used to criminalise legitimate religious activity. Prosecutors interpret one definition of extremism -- propaganda of the exclusivity, superiority or lack of equal worth of an individual on the basis of their .. religious .. adherence or attitude to religion
-- as covering claims that a particular religion or belief is superior to others. However, the right to make such claims is a fundamental part of the internationally recognised right to freedom of religion or belief.
Prosecutors may also insist that such claims fall foul of a second definition of extremism in the Law -
incitement .. of religious discord . The Code may consequently be used to prosecute simple disagreement. When committed by an ordinary member of the public, and even if unaccompanied by violence or the threat of violence, the maximum punishment
under Article 282 is two years' imprisonment.
Initially, the 2002 Law stipulated that incitement of religious discord had to be committed in connection with violence or the threat of violence. Prosecution of activities that
had no association with violence became easier, however, when this stipulation was removed in July 2007.
The 2002 Law's main mechanism for prosecuting the offence of criticising a religion or belief is the designation of
literature containing such criticisms as extremist. Even a very low-level court may issue such a ruling. If not successfully challenged, this results in automatic placement of the offending literature on the Federal List of Extremist Materials. Once on
the List, distribution is banned throughout Russia. Religious organisations associated with particular titles may also be ruled extremist. Their members are then liable to prosecution under two articles of the Criminal Code concerning organisation of
extremist activity (Articles 282.1 and 282.2). The harshest punishment these articles allow is six years' imprisonment.
Two new laws have entered service in Thailand. One banning drinking of alcoholic beverages in vehicles and the other banning sales and drinking of alcohol in factories. They have been published in the Royal Gazette and were effective from today, August
The two announcements were issued under the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2008.
Jadet Chaowilai, adviser of the Network of People Affected by Alcoholic Drinks, thanked Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for issuing the two laws which
hopefully will reduce the number of deaths, injuries and disabilities as a result of drinking alcohol.
It was also pointed out that the law may provide another opportunity for the police to harangue people with false or real claims that passengers
Today the Crown Prosecution Service will attempt to persuade a jury that images of anal fisting should be classified as extreme pornography with the risk to the defendant of three years in custody, inclusion on the sex offenders' register and
damage to his personal and professional standing. All for a type of image which is commonly viewed, of an activity which is itself is legal to perform and is even discussed in the book Fifty Shades of Grey.
defendant, Simon Walsh, has been charged with being in possession of extreme pornographic images under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008: so the Prosecution must prove that the act of fisting is likely to result in serious
injury to a person's anus .
The Defendant, Simon Walsh, who is represented by my firm (Hodge Jones & Allen) has given his express permission for this information to be published.
arrested and charged with these offences, Simon was a successful professional and politician in the City who, amongst other things, prosecuted police officers accused of disciplinary offences. After being charged, Simon lost both professional and
political positions, despite the fact that no pornography was found on any of his work computers. In fact, no pornography was found on Simon's home computers either.
Instead, the police had to interrogate Simon's personal
email account (server) in order to discover a few images they deemed questionable. This included an image of a man wearing a gas mask. Their expert stated that this was likely to cause serious harm, even death by asphyxiation: despite being a piece of
equipment designed to assist breathing. This charge was eventually dropped.
Unfortunately, by performing the interrogation of Simon's email account in the fashion they did, the police contaminated the only source of
evidence; making it impossible to identify whether images attached to emails had in fact been opened and viewed.
The cinema version was passed X by the BBFC in 1979 with 14 cuts totalling 1:46s.
This X rated cinema version was released on video by Vipco in 1980. Vipco then
issued the "strong uncut version" in 1981 at a premium price which then got out on the Video Nasties list in October 1983. It stayed on the list throughout so became one of the collectable DPP 39s
The heavily cut
cinema version was passed 18 in 1992 & 1996. Vipco misleadingly tried to pass off their version as 'complete'
Re-released on Diskline video in 1999 with most cuts restored but still 23s missing
From the sleazy video nasty vaults comes a movie so stained with controversy and moral indignation that the very mention of its name sends shudders down
the spines of the weak stomached and censorious Zombie Flesh Eaters. A gut-munching, shark wrestling, eye-gouging orgy of topless skin divers, mud-caked undead terror and Italian splatter from the dark imagination of horror genius Lucio Fulci (The
Beyond, City of The Living Dead).
An abandoned boat in New York Harbour unleashes a deadly flesh crazed Zombie cargo... A Young American woman and a journalist investigate a tropical island where a deadly disease is making the
dead walk... Soon, thoughts of getting to the bottom of the murderous curse will be forgotten, as Fulci s walking corpses overwhelm the living and reports come in that the Big Apple is swarming with the living dead...
thirty years, Zombie Flesh Eaters still has the power to shock and offend the unwilling... Check out this classic sadist video and revel in a wonderfully tasteless movie that once helped usher in a moral panic!
Brand new high definition restoration of the original negative.
Optional English SDH subtitles on the feature
Audio commentary with screenwriter Elisa Briganti moderated by
Audio commentary with Fulci biographer Stephen Thrower and horror expert Alan Jones
UK exclusive introduction to the film from Ian McCulloch
CANNIBALS AND ZOMBIES: A TRILOGY OF ITALIAN TERROR: Actor Ian McCulloch remembers his three classics of Latin horror lunacy - ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS, CONTAMINATION and ZOMBI HOLOCAUST
FROM ROMERO TO ROME: THE RISE AND FALL OF
THE ITALIAN ZOMBIE FILM: Veteran Fulci screenwriters Dardano Sacchetti (THE BEYOND) and Antonio Tentori (CAT IN THE BRAIN), celebrated UK critic Kim Newman and filmmakers Luigi Cozzi (CONTAMINATION), Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) and Russ Streiner
(NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) share memories of the genesis of corpse-crunching cinema - from Romero's early templates to the gory glory days of Fulci and his many successors.
THE MEAT MUNCHING MOVIES OF GINO ROSSI: The special
effects magician behind many Italian splatter classics talks about his most famous gore-drenched greats - and shows props from many plasma-packed masterworks - including ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, CANNIBAL
FEROX, BURIAL GROUND and PIRANHA II.
MUSIC FOR A FLESH-FEAST: Composer Fabio Frizzo - Live Q&A from the Glasgow Film Theatre
ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN. Dardano Sacchetti shows
key pages from his original ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD screenplay.
Trailer and radio spots
Collectors booklet featuring contributions from Calum Waddell, Stephen Thrower, Craig Lapper and Jay
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
The Director's Cut titled American Nightmare was dropped in favour of another cut used for the Theatrical Version
Promotional material: From jungle hell to urban hate
Nam, a green jungle hell. A
terrifying place of death, violence and bloody war where seeing your buddies die in front of you is a daily event and getting your seed corrupted by Agent Orange is an occupational hazard. Poor Ricky came home with a messed up head and scrambled DNA, now
he has a mutated baby, a nagging wife and a grim collection of junkie friends to deal with. In the dilapidated tenements of Staten Island, life is harsh and sanity is transitory at best.
Combat Shock is Troma's meanest, grittiest
movie. A headfirst trip into the seedy urban trough where hookers, desperate junkies and slowly unravelling Vietnam vets crawl over each other just to survive as the movie jacks up the grime flecked horror on its journey to one of no budget cinema's most
You've witnessed the Surf Nazis on the rampage, you've laughed at the kids of the Class of Nuke 'Em High... Now take a trip into Troma's dark heart in COMBAT SHOCK.
Reversible sleeve with original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphries
Collector's Booklet by horror expert Anthony Timpone
DVD edition featuring both cuts of the film
Feature Presentation of American Nightmares, director Buddy Giovinazzo's Original Cut
Feature Presentation of Combat Shock, the Troma
theatrical cut of the film
Audio Commentary with writer-director Buddy Giovinazzo and Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik)
Post-Traumatic: An American Nightmare -- A documentary
on the film's impact and influence featuring William Lustig (Maniac Cop), John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead 2), Richard Stanley (Hardware), Roy Frumkes (Street Trash) and more!
Buddy's Early Works: Five short films directed by Giovinazzo and three music videos from the Giovinazzo brothers band
Interview with director Buddy Giovinazzo
Unscarred: Interview with star Rick Giovinazzo
Buddy Giovinazzo and Jorg Buttgereit at the Berlin Film Festival
Der Combat: Buddy Giovinazzo and Troma
President Lloyd Kaufman at the Tromanale in Berlin
The Whisperer in Darkness is a 2011 US mystery horror by Sean Branney. With Barry Lynch, Stephen Blackehart and Annie Abrams. See IMDb
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
US 2012 Microcinema R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 31st July 2012
Microcinema R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 31st July 2012
There are no censorship issues with this release
In 1931 H.P. Lovecraft wrote his classic tale of alien horror, The Whisperer in Darkness . Lovecraft is now considered one
of America's foremost writers of horror fiction, standing alongside the likes of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. His story, which blends horror and science fiction, relates the adventure of Albert Wilmarth, a folklore professor at Miskatonic
University, as he investigates legends of strange creatures rumored to dwell in the most remote mountains of Vermont. Wilmarth's investigation leads him to a discovery of horrors quite beyond anything he ever imagined, and ends in a desperate attempt to
escape the remote New England hills with his life and sanity intact.
(a) One poster showed a woman sitting in shallow sea water, wearing a pink bikini. Text stated, Bikini top ?3.99 .
(b) A second poster showed a woman sitting upright on a beach, wearing a black
bikini, a shawl around her shoulders and sunglasses. Text stated, Bikini top ?3.99 .
(c) A third poster showed a woman standing in shallow sea water, wearing a patterned bikini. Text stated, Bikini top ?3.99 .
(d) A fourth poster showed a woman wearing a one-piece block patterned swimsuit, which was zipped to the neck. Text stated, Swimsuit ?19.99 .
(e) A fifth poster showed a woman standing in
sea water up to her thighs. She wore a yellow patterned bikini and an opened scuba diving back pack. Text stated, Bikini top ?3.99 .
(f) A digital poster was seen outside Westfield shopping centre. It featured three
images, the first was similar to poster (a) but the shot was zoomed out and showed more of the model. The second image was the same as poster (c) and the third featured a model in the sea, wearing a one-piece swimsuit and sunglasses. Issue
The ASA received ten complaints challenging whether the ads were offensive, degrading towards women, too sexual for general display, and unsuitable to be seen by children.
ASA Assessment: Complaints not
The models in all the ads were wearing bikinis. However, we considered this was in line with consumer expectations in a campaign promoting swimwear. We noted that, although the photographs were close-up shots, there was no
nudity in the ads and considered that neither the models' poses nor expressions were overtly sexual. . While we considered that the poses could be seen as mildly sexual, in the context of a campaign for swimwear, we considered that they were unlikely to
cause serious or widespread offence.
We investigated ads (a), (b), (c), and (e) under CAP Code rule 4.1 (Harm and offence) but did not find them in breach.
Ads (a), (b), (d) and (f) featured models who were
leaning their heads back towards the sun, with eyes closed. This had the effect of drawing attention to the models' chests which, in a different context, could be considered sexually suggestive. However, in the context of a campaign of posters for a
range of swimwear, featuring models at the beach in the sun, we considered that the approach was in line with consumer expectations. The posters featured no nudity or overtly sexual poses. Although we welcomed H&M's decision to place the posters away
from schools as a precautionary measure, we concluded that ads (a), (b), (c), (d) and (f) were suitable for general display and therefore not irresponsibly placed.
We investigated ads (a), (b), (c), (d) and (f) under CAP Code
rules 1.3 (Social responsibility) but did not find them in breach.
Literature lovers around the world have released a collective gasp, or perhaps a groan, at the news that the publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey has become the bestselling book in British history.
The erotic novel has sold in
excess of 5.3m copies in print and ebook, more than The Highway Code , Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, or Harry Potter
In a statement author EL James said:
My main ambition when I signed the
deal with Random House was to see my books in the shops. I simply had no idea they would be so successful and this is totally unexpected. The whole process has been both extraordinary and rewarding. I couldn't be more pleased with the sales and would
like to thank everyone involved.
Winner: Madam: Prostitutes, Punters, Puppets by Becky Adams (UK)
A really funny, heart-warming book that takes you through the naive beginnings of Becky's career, and through all the subsequent highs and lows, showing
her to be a lady with a strong heart and an honest willingness to learn and grow. Becky's story is fueled by her wish to improve the lives of others; she wrote I really wanted to get the book out before the Olympics, to try and counteract some of the
hysteria the Government are peddling about trafficking . Available at UK Amazon
Smut by Alan Bennett (UK)
Alan Bennet's fictional book comprises two stories, both about very ordinary English people who, like most ordinary people, have shocking and sensual things happening behind
closed doors. The characters get up to extraordinary sexual shenanigans and it is an incredibly charged and horny read, especially considering it comes from such an established writer at the age of 77!
Available at UK Amazon
Runner Up: There Is No Word For It by Laura Bridgeman and Serge Nicholson (UK)
This is a very important, unassuming book, for it gives us insight into why some people feel they have to change gender, and how they cope
with their trans journey and self, socially and sexually. It should be required reading in sex education and for all those who still have fears, suspicions, or confusion about trans individuals. It is engaging, funny, and very moving.
Available at UK Amazon
Ian Bruce is one-part performer and one-part artist. Under the name RubiCANE, he has produced a book of
pornographic drawings with accompanying prose by pornstars, playwrights and poets. It's a beautiful silk-bound art book; the drawings are all done by Ian, based on porn images from many orientations, physical bodies, and sexy scenarios. The text is about
porn, its limitations and triumphs, sex clubs, disability, and sex in society. www.rubicane.com
Runner Up: Mammoth Book of Gorgeous Guys (UK)
A triumphant small but fat book of photographs for women to ogle and treasure. Barbara Cardy has sourced a huge and sexy mix of pictures of men; some are really Renaissance
kinda beautiful, some rough hard-core, some soft and submissive, from all around the world. The book has a certain joy that we miss in much of today's erotic material. Perfect for the coffee table or the bedroom, this is a book take can be enjoyed on
many levels! Available at UK Amazon
Runner Up: Juxtapoz (USA)
Juxtapoz is America's biggest circulation art magazine, which is actually quite underground and sexy. They run a website which devotes much space to hot but not-so-explicit erotica and they
also publish explicit books on erotic art featuring by far the most exciting material from all over the world. These Erotica books are so popular that they are being regularly reprinted.
Available at UK Amazon
EL James' erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey , dubbed mummy porn by the British media, has become the country's fastest paperback to reach one million sales, trade figures showed.
The story took just 11 weeks to reach the
milestone, 25 weeks faster than the previous record holder, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, according to figures from publishing tracking company Nielsen BookScan.
The book also holds the record sales for one week of 397,889 copies.
Both other titles in the trilogy are also selling well. In one week alone, the total of copies sold across the trilogy was around 856,000 copies.
According to Random House publishers, global sales for the series is in excess of 20 million, with North American sales of more than 15 million.
The New Zealand book censor has banned issue 163 of the UK magazine, Front, from sale in New Zealand claiming that it is 'objectionable'.
The censor explained:
The magazine is classified as objectionable because
it tends to promote and support the exploitation of young persons for sexual purposes.
The magazine is a glossy, sexually orientated British periodical targeted at young adult men. It features photo-spreads of young, scantily clad
women with their buttocks and breasts visible, interspersed with interviews and satire, and sections on drinking, fashion, consumer electronics and music. There are two pages of explicit phone sex advertisements, most of which depict young female models
in sexualized poses. Many of these models present as younger teenagers or are accessorised to look like adolescents, and the accompanying text reinforces their youthfulness with multiple references to virginity, innocence, naiveté, and being under home
supervision. Statements that the girls are "18+" do little to counter the effect. The advertisments encourage sexual interest in young persons and promote them as sexually available and appropriate objects of adult sexual fantasy.
After 28 years and 5,000 semi-clad and sometimes completely naked women, Germany's biggest-selling tabloid Bild, has announced that it was dropping its Page One Girl.
Bild is Europe's best-selling and the world's seventh biggest newspaper. It
presented the decision as a spontaneous attempt by male staff to atone for decades of embarrassing sexism, although commentators said it was more likely it was driven by commercial concerns.
It is perhaps a small step from the viewpoint
of women, the paper wrote in an editorial-style report. But it is a big step for Bild and for every man in Germany.
The paper said the decision had been made on International Women's Day, when the paper was run and edited solely by men.
Three hundred female staff from secretaries to section editors were given the day off.
But the German media commentator Christian Meier said that the Bild's circulation figures have been declining for years and the paper desperately needs to
attract new readers, particularly within the female market.
Men's magazine FHM pulled a magazine cover after being accused of racism.
The March edition of the Philippines FHM had featured white actress Bela Padilla posing in a pink swimsuit surrounded by dark-skinned models, accompanied by the caption stepping out of the shadows
When the magazine uploaded a sneak preview of the cover on their Facebook page, it was recieved with criticism from readers who branded the concept racist . One reader posted: Seriously, did you guys not sense how racist this
Comments on Twitter followed including shame on FHM Philippines , and accused the magazine of being racist as well as sexist and horrendously backwards .
Bosses at FHM were quick to respond and the
March edition of the magazine featured a different cover when it went on sale this week. Still Bela Padilla, but this time by herself.
And of course the 'controversy' has propelled the previously little-known actress, 'out of the shadows' and into
the spotlight. She appeared on BBC News this week to defend the thought process behind the original concept. Her name also began trending worldwide on Twitter where she has gained an army of new followers offering their support. Don't fault Bela, she
just did her job, one fan Tweeted.